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  • TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 7- A total of 132 people are still trapped beneath the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower that collapsed in a powerful earthquake on Saturday morning, a local government official said on Sunday. At least 12 people are known to have died in the 6.4 magnitude quake, which struck at about 4 a.m. local time at the start of a Lunar New Year holiday,...

  • *Magnitude 6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan. TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 6- A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 11 people, most in a 17- storey apartment building that collapsed, with at least five people missing in the ruins of the complex as darkness fell, government officials said. An 18- year old man was found alive and conscious shortly...

  • TAIPEI, Feb 6- Apple Inc supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said silicon wafers were damaged at a plant in southern Taiwan where a quake hit early on Saturday, affecting no more than 1 percent of first-quarter shipments. TSMC, whose customers also include Qualcomm Inc, is so far the only major Apple supplier in southern Taiwan to report damage...

  • *Magnitude 6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan. TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 6- A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan on Saturday killing at least seven people, most in a 17- storey apartment building that collapsed, with about 35 people still feared trapped there hours into a rescue operation. As a search for survivors in the rubble went on, questions were being raised about the...

  • TAIPEI, Feb 6- Apple Inc supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said some silicon wafers were damaged at a plant in southern Taiwan where an earthquake hit early on Saturday, but that first-quarter shipments would be unaffected. The world's largest contract chipmaker has production facilities in Tainan city, around 315 km south of the capital...

  • *Magnitude 6.4 quake hits southern Taiwan. *Taiwan president rushes to the scene. TAINAN, Taiwan, Feb 6- A powerful earthquake toppled a 17- story apartment building in southern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least two people, including a 10- day-old girl, and triggering frantic efforts to rescue dozens of people feared trapped inside.

  • TAIPEI, Feb 6- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co said some wafers made in Tainan have been damaged following Saturday's earthquake and that some customers may be affected.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 5- Florida will come to the market with $1.2 billion in revenue bonds on Feb. 8 issued by the State Board of Administration Finance Corporation, formerly known as the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund. Standard& Poor's Rating Agency raised the credit's rating on the bonds to AA from AA- based in part on the consistent growth in the assessment...

  • Japanese volcano erupts near nuclear plant Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 6:05 AM ET
    An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015

    A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • INSIGHT-Drought tests a changed Ethiopia Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Ethiopia's ambitions challenged, at least in short term. FEDETO/ ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan 31- On a treeless plain in eastern Ethiopia, thousands of destitute pastoralists have set up camp outside the tiny village of Fedeto. Ethiopia's failed rains, which meteorologists blame on the El Nino weather phenomenon, have created a drought in some areas of the country...

  • *Wild weather across Australia kills one. *Tasmania fires burn through 72,000 hectares, floods threaten communities. PERTH, Jan 31- A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia's northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

  • TOKYO— Japan on Friday restarted a nuclear reactor that uses riskier plutonium-based MOX fuel, the first of that type to resume operations under stricter safety rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The No. 3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., went back online Friday. Fukui has more than a...

  • SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba, Jan 28- Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States. The weather phenomena El Niño led to Cuba's worst drought in a century in 2015, followed...

  • *About 14 million people facing hunger in southern Africa. *Villagers sell cattle for $50 versus $400 in good times. MAFOMOTI, Zimbabwe, Jan 26- In the dusty village of Mafomoti, southern Zimbabwe, farmers have already lost cattle and crops in the severest drought to hit the nation in a quarter of a century.

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, cutting the nation's overall moviegoing for...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, cutting the nation's overall moviegoing for...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. It ranked No. 3 in terms of snowfall accumulation in New York City history with at least 25.1 inches, and was among Washington's...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A monster blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday as it barreled into New York City, forcing the closure of all bridges and tunnels into the largest U.S. city and prompting a travel ban on area highways. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina,...

  • *Record tides cause major flooding in New Jersey, Delaware. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Jan 23- A monster blizzard that has paralyzed the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday afternoon as it barreled into New York City, prompting a travel ban on area highways as high winds whipped up record-setting tides in New Jersey and Delaware. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo...